Religious Studies

Introduction

Religious Education contributes dynamically to young people’s education in schools by provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.   They learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources, to develop and express their insights in response, and to agree and disagree whilst respecting the differing opinions of others.

The principal aim of Religious Education is to engage pupils into systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.

At Key Stage 3 Cecil Jones students follow the Southend on Sea Agreed Syllabus and the Head of RE is also the Chair of the Local Authority Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education which worked on the locally agreed syllabus.

At Key Stage 3 pupils study a variety of different topics. We aim to create an inclusive environment so we aim to study the majority of the major world religions over Years 7 and 8 with an open and broad perspective. In Year 7 we build on pupils prior knowledge and study world religions as a foundation for their study in Year 8 and beyond. In year 7 we study the following:

Year Term From September 2019
7 1 Bridging Unit
2 Judaism
3 Christianity
4 Hinduism
5 Major Religious festivals
6 Citizenship
8 1 Inspirational figures
2 Rites of passage
3 Religion and Art
4 Evil and Suffering
5 Christian and other religious and non-religious responses to global issues
6 Citizenship
9 1 Issues of Human Rights
2 Issues of Human Rights /Good and Evil
3 Good and Evil
4 Issues of Life and Death
5 Issues of Life and Death/ Relationships
6 Issues of Relationships

 

The aim of GCSE Religious Studies is to teach pupils an understanding and evaluation of different religions and their impact on the world; pupils are encouraged to develop their imagination and become aware of the spiritual dimension and the richness it can bring. We find it essential for pupils to learn about the community they live in and we therefore implement compulsory Religious Studies throughout the school until Year 11.

Pupils in year 9 begin the KS4 syllabus by studying the new WJEC Eduqas Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies content. In their 2×1 hour lessons pupils will be discussing and analysing Muslim and Christian views, as well as considering non-religious views, on a range of philosophical, moral and ethical topics such as abortion, the existence of the afterlife, the roles of men and women and capital punishment. Students study 4 units in total:

In their 1 hour a week lessons pupils in year 10 study Christianity for the first half of the year before then studying Islam for the second half. When studying Christianity pupils look at the following areas:

  • The nature of God
  • Creation
  • Jesus Christ (incarnation, resurrection and atonement)
  • Afterlife
  • Forms of worship
  • Sacraments
  • Pilgrimage
  • Celebrations
  • Whether the UK is still Christian
  • The Church in the local community and the worldwide church.

When studying Islam pupils will look at:

  • The nature of Allah
  • Prophethood
  • Angels
  • Afterlife
  • The foundations of faith. T
  • The Five Pillars of Sunni Islam
  • The Ten Obligatory acts of Shi’a Islam
  • Jihad
  • Islamic festivals such as Eid-ul-Adha.

Students in Year 11, in the Autumn Term, study Christian Beliefs and Teachings, and Christian Practices, followed by Islamic Beliefs and Teachings and Islamic Practices.

When studying Christianity pupils look at the following areas:

  • The nature of God
  • Creation
  • Jesus Christ (incarnation, resurrection and atonement)
  • Afterlife
  • Forms of worship
  • Sacraments
  • Pilgrimage
  • Celebrations
  • Whether the UK is still Christian
  • The Church in the local community and the worldwide church.

When studying Islam pupils will look at:

  • The nature of Allah
  • Prophethood
  • Angels
  • Afterlife
  • The foundations of faith. T
  • The Five Pillars of Sunni Islam
  • The Ten Obligatory acts of Shi’a Islam

For the Philosophy and Ethics Paper Year 11 Students in Spring term study

  • Issues of Human Rights
  • Issues of Good and Evil
  • Issues of Life and Death
  • Issues of Relationship
  • Jihad
  • Islamic festivals such as Eid-ul-Adha.

Paper 1 Philosophy and Ethics 50% 2 hours

Paper 2 Christianity 25% 1 hour

Paper 3 Islam 25% 1 hour